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Gritty, obscure musical drama stars Harvey Keitel as a talented young record producer who becomes embroiled in pop music's seamy underbelly when his clueless boss instructs him to ignore a hot new R&B act (played by Earth, Wind & Fire!) in favor of a troubled vocal trio. Cynthia Bostick, Ed Nelson, Bert Parks, and famed D.J. Murray the 'K' also star. Songs include the title track, "Shining Star" and "Reasons."

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Blacksplotation? Feb. 27 2008
By G. Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Irony? It's a pity. Back when this movie was originally made in 1975, movies starring black artists had a tendency to be short on plot, budget, & actual input from the actors. There was precious little input from the members of EWF, & the story line suffered. Of course Sig Shore of Superfly fame was notorious for these movies, & in true form the REAL stars of the movie, EWF,had little more than a cameo appearance in a movie named after their breakthrough LP. They litteraly mirrored the record labels brush off of the Group (EWF) in the movie. Although the live footage, & the instrumental backing done by EWF was stellar, there was precious little of it. Even Harvey Kietel couldn't save such a bad script. Sad to say most record companys still do business in this fashion, so the script comes off as sad but true. It's a fair assessment of the music & the blacksplotation films of the time, & a sad assessment of the music industry as a whole. Not a great film, but entertaining none the less. Outside of EWF's music, I'd say the plot reeks of Saturday Night Fever psydo drama. If you're a big EWF fan, you'll enjoy their music, but be prepared for a long wait to get to it. Rare film. The movie is OK.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Lost film of 1975 May 26 2006
By V. Versher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The movie that explains their awesome breaktrough album That's the Way of the World(1975 CBS Records)album soundtrack. Here is a copy of the official press release:

Thursday, May 04, 2006

That's the Way of the World press release

Current mood: excited

Category: Movies, TV, Celebrities

CELEBRATE THE 70S AS BCI PRESENTS THE FILM DEBUT OF THE LEGENDARY EARTH, WIND & FIRE

THATS THE WAY OF THE WORLD

First Time on Home VideoAvailable July 18th For $19.98;

Coinciding with Earth, Wind & Fires Summer Concert Tour;

Breakthrough Film Score Features Classic Hits

Shining Star and Reasons

Also Available This Summer in HD-DVD Format

Los Angeles, CA Theyre one of the most inspirational, influential and successful bands in music history, and have consistently changed the face of R&B and pop music over the past 35 years. In 1975, their breakthrough hits Shining Star and Reasons were the featured songs on the soundtrack for the film Thats the Way of the World. Fresh on the heels of their 23rd album, Illumination, BCI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, will release this long thought lost film Thats the Way of the World on DVD July 18th, at a suggested retail price of $19.98. The title will also be available this summer in the HD-DVD format. Featuring an array of special features, Thats the Way of the World explores the politics that surround the recording industry and a producer trying to fight the system, and stars Harvey Keitel and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Earth, Wind & Fire has reached iconic status in the music industry, earning a plethora of accolades too numerous to mention, said Ed Goetz, President, BCI. This film and soundtrack helped skyrocket their career, and were pleased that it will finally be available to the widest audience possible.

Thats the Way of the World stars Keitel as Coleman Buckmaster, a highly-regarded record producer who appreciates the talent of The Group, played by Earth, Wind & Fire. But the system under which Buckmaster works sees things differently. The record executives want him to focus on a white pop act whom they feel has the sound America wants. To keep his creative integrity, Buckmaster carefully begins to fight the system that has made him the respected producer he has become.

Special features include:

Feature length audio commentary with Earth, Wind & Fire members Verdine White and Ralph Johnson

Eight page booklet featuring liner notes and photos

Stills and poster gallery

Trailers and TV spots
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
My Finacee is a happy man!!! May 11 2010
By Nicole T. Walters - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
My fiancee has been looking for this movie for years. He told me EW&F was in a movie with the same name as their album, but I didn"t believe him. He has watch this movie over and over since he got it. Thanks!!! A happy man makes a happy home! :)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Look at it as an historical document Dec 26 2012
By artist in buffalo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I remember back around 1976 when a friend of mine brought the album "That's the Way of the World" over to my house. I read the cover and saw that the album was a soundtrack to a movie. I wondered why I had never heard of this movie and why nobody I knew ever talked about it. Now I know why...because it SUCKED! No, I'm kidding. It's because it came in and out of theaters so quickly that practically no one saw it.

This movie is worth the price of admission if only just to see Charles Stepney in the studio, and actually playing the piano, albeit he only plays a few chords. The other interesting parts for me were the studio scenes where the session musicians laid down the tracks for that crappy song by The Pages.

You could take the plot and dialogue of this movie and apply it to the present day music industry and it will answer your question "Why is music such crap these days?"
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
That's the Way of the World: A Self-Explanatory Title Oct. 2 2012
By Lady Kimani - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
So, I've finally purchased & seen this film just yesterday; and I must say that I enjoyed it very much. If you are a fan of Earth, Wind & Fire, it is imperative that you watch this at least once to say that you've seen it. There are strengths as well as weaknesses about this film. First, allow us to start with the weaknesses: the dialogue in certain cases was a bit awkward and the screenplay's jargon could have been better written. A second weakness was the acting, in which some of it really wasn't too great. In my opinion, it all stems from a somewhat poorly written screenplay - if the writing is off, it makes the actors look out of place - even if the film consists of fabulous actors - Harvey Keitel being one and at times his delivery had an unusual, unnatural sound.

Some strengths included the wonderful music of the style that only Earth, Wind & Fire can possess. Another was the all-around message that the film was attempting to get across and in my eyes, that was pushing through your trials and tribulations no matter how rough the going gets. It also brought to the light differences between real artists and those who are just craving to be in the limelight for the wrong reasons. The closest example in which I can best describe it is one or more who feel books but fail to read them. In this case, the fictional Caucasian family group, The Pages and those in the positions of power of the record company, A-Chord, didn't see the importance of good music. They only looked forward to the outcome and its riches. Truthfully speaking, The Pages actually did have a decent sound, naturally Earth, Wind & Fire (The Group) was much better, however, they took their talents for granted with their ways of living - a wasted talent at the end of the day and this was brought upon by two of the three Pages mostly.

After carefully gathering my thoughts of the movie, I kind of had the feeling that the message this film was trying to portray is highly similar to the way the business is in today's music industry. There are many unsung talents of all kinds who have the capability and power within to do such wonderful, legendary things to enhance the goodness of this business but are placed on the back burner completely due to those in power who make it painfully obvious that they are careless about "great music". Their carelessness is such that they are willing to sell and market garbage just for success. It makes you sick almost to witness what people will do in order to receive fame. Harvey Keitel (Coleman Buckmaster) along with EWF had an amazing vision and way to relate to every day people through music. The future of music was very important to each of them but was best seen through Maurice White's character, Early, and Buckmaster.

The portrayal whose I enjoyed the most was Maurice's. He was always my favorite in Earth, Wind & Fire ever since I was 2 years old. I really did enjoy his friendship with Harvey Keitel's character; they were both two geniuses really, who shared the same love and passion for music. They were the two who the other band mates had counted on more than anyone else and for the most part Maurice trusted and believed in him when no one else really had. Even as Buckmaster left The Group blowing in the wind, what he and Maurice shared showed itself to be great once Maurice voiced his disappointments, but the film's end gave me great hope and faith that no matter how high to the top you go, those who'd done a tremendous deal in helping you succeed are the key ones never forgotten.

I strongly recommend this film to anyone with a dream. No matter what it is, continue to reach for the stars - while others may be an influence, only you can stop yourself from becoming your absolute best.


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